AAPT-NES Spring 2021 Meeting

  • 2021-04-24
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom
  • 273


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Saturday keynote, invited & contributed talks, discussion.
  • Special Registration for invited speakers, and new teachers of physics who are in their first five years of teaching and have yet to participate in AAPT-NES. Please email for approval for this registration to sturmde@maine.edu.
  • Registration for H.S., Undergraduate, and Graduate Students only.

Registration is closed

The Spring 2021 Meeting of the New England Section of AAPT will be virtual.  

Location:  Virtual, via Zoom link sent to registered participants.

The Meeting Theme is:  Bridging Divides - Enhancing Equity in the Remote Physics Classroom

Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Enrique Suárez, Department of Education, University of Massachusetts.  "Estoy Explorando Science: Emergent bilingual students problematizing physical phenomena through leveraging multiple communicative resources."  

Invited speakers Emily James, Brewster Academy, and Vivian O'Brian, STEP UP Ambassador. "Addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Issues in Physics Through STEP UP Program."

Invited speaker Gary Garber, Robotics, Physics and STEM Educational Consultant. "From Physics Teacher to Culturally Responsive Teaching Facilitator.”

If you plan to contribute a paper that will make the program, please send your abstract by April 17th.  Click on the link to submit abstracts: Spring NE-AAPT Submission Link


Schedule:  As of 3/19/2021, talk start times will be consecutive as much as possible.

Saturday, April 24, 2021; AAPT Saturday Session

8:30 am Zoom Room opens for Conversation, Testing, Open Chat, Etc.

9:45 am MEETING CALLED TO ORDER, Opening Remarks

9:55 - 10:40 am Keynote Speaker - Enrique Suárez (UMass Amherst): "Estoy Explorando Science: Emergent bilingual students problematizing physical phenomena through leveraging multiple communicative resources."  

10:40 - 10:50 am Break and Follow-up Questions

10:50 - 11:50 Contributed talks

11:50 -12:30 pm  Lunch break and Poster Breakout Sessions

12:30 - 1:00 pm Emily James and Vivian O'Brian : "Addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Issues in Physics Through STEP UP Program."

1:00 - 1:10 am Break and Follow-up Questions

1:00 - 2:00 pm Contributed Talks

2:20 - 2:50 Contributed talk Gary Garber"From Physics Teacher to Culturally Responsive Teaching Facilitator.”

3:00 pm Workshop Block: Details and information current as of 3/29/2021

Workshop A  3 - 4 pm - STEP UP: Research-based diversity, equity, and inclusion resources in Physics by Emily James and Vivian O’Brian This STEP UP workshop will focus on research based lessons designed to encourage women to pursue a degree in physics.  These lessons are engaging, easy to implement into your courses and have been well received by students and teachers alike.  We will introduce you to all three lessons; Careers in Physics, Women in Physics and the Everyday Actions Guide but will focus on the Careers in Physics lessons in the workshop today.  All three lessons may be successfully taught remotely, in person or in a hybrid classroom situation.  These lessons will help your students assess their personal values in relation to a career in physics, examine profiles of professionals with a physics degree, and envision themselves in a physics career.  In addition, some of the student misconceptions surrounding the relevance of physics to other fields of study as well as its pivotal role in solving many societal problems such as climate change and curing cancer will be addressed. 

Workshop B  3 - 4 pm -  Introduction to Quantum Physics Applications for the High School Classroom by Steve HenningThis PTRA workshop will focus on how a NSF project is providing an opportunity for educators to learn principles and applications of QIS (Quantum Information Science). The objective of the session is to strengthen background knowledge and provide some activities that can be used in the classroom. QIS Core concepts include superposition, qubits, entanglement, cryptography etc.

ZOOM HOST Contact:

David Sturm, University of Maine
sturmde.AT.maine.edu 207-478-4937 (texts only)

Conference Hotels:  (No travel, virtual meeting)

The New England Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT-NES) is an affiliate section of AAPT representing physics teachers in the six New England states and other interested teachers.  AAPT-NES can currently be reached by mail in care of David Sturm, Section Representative to AAPT, 274 French St, Bangor, ME 04401.  AAPT-NES.org is the primary website for AAPT-NES.  Consult it for further information.

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